National Residue Survey Annual Report 2015–16

​​​​​​The National Residue Survey​ (NRS) monitors residues of pesticides and veterinary medicines and environmental contaminants in Australian food commodities. This monitoring is fully industry funded, principally through levies on the commodities that are tested.

The NRS tests animal commodities including cattle, sheep and pigs, camels, deer, goats, horses, kangaroos, poultry, ratites (emus and ostriches), wild boars, honey, eggs and aquatic species (both aquaculture and wild-caught seafood).

In horticulture, the almond, apple, citrus, macadamia and pear industries all participate in NRS testing.

The NRS grains program covers:

  • cereals (wheat, barley, oat, maize, sorghum and triticale)
  • pulses (chickpea, cow pea, pigeon pea, field pea, faba bean, lentil, vetch, navy bean, mung bean and lupin)
  • oilseeds (canola, sunflower, soybean, safflower and linseed).

Information about NRS activities in 2015–16 is reported in Strategic objective 6 (see Management biosecurity and imported food risk).

Under section 10 of the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 (the NRS Act), the Minister for Agriculture is required to provide an annual report to Parliament, setting out details of the operation of the NRS Special Account. Tables 33 to 36 provide the annual report for the NRS and include key financial information in accordance with the NRS Act.

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TABLE 33 National Residue Survey—summary of results for all random monitoring programs in 2015–16

Commodity

Total number of samples

Number of tests conducted

Compliance with relevant Australian Standards (%) a

Animal products (36 different products sampled)

Meat, eggs, honey and aquatic species

9 157

17 700

99.27

Plant products (32 different products sampled)

Grains and Horticulture

7106

10 300

98.80

a​ The compliance rate is based on numbers of samples in compliance. In a very small number of samples, one sample may contain more than one violative residue.

TABLE 34 National Residue Survey—revenue and expenses

 

2015–16
$’000

2014–15
$’000

Revenue

Sale of goods and rendering of services

911

523

Interest on investments

399

433

Levies

10 579

10 981

Revenue from government

363

62

Total revenue

12 251

11 999

Expenses

Employee benefits

1 896

1 819

Analytical testing

5 668

6 162

Other

3 034

2 759

Total expenses

10 598

10 740

Surplus / (deficit)

1 653

1 259

TABLE 35 National Residue Survey—assets, liabilities and equity

 

2015–16
$’000

2014–15
$’000

Assets

Trade and other receivables

1 699

1 837

Investments

14 500

12 500

Intangibles and other assets

2 094

2 335

Total assets

18 293

16 672

Liabilities

Suppliers and other payables

595

706

Employee provisions and other liabilities

918

840

Total liabilities

1 513

1 546

Equity 

Reserves

16 274

14 586

Other

506

    540

Total equity

16 780

15 126

TABLE 36 Transactions in and out of the National Residue Survey Account

 

2015–16
$’000

   2014–15
$’000

Balance brought forward from previous period

1 723

857

Receipts

Appropriation for reporting period

363

61

Other Receipts

24 356

24 336

Total receipts

24 719

24 397

Payments

Payments made to employees

(1 831)

(1 812)

Payments made to other

(23 087)

(21 719)

Total payments made

(24 918)

(23 531)

Total balance carried to the next period

1 524

1 723

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